A Kazakhstani site has been added to the UNESCO list of protected biosphere nature reserves.
Japan warned that it might pull funding for UNESCO to protest last week's decision to inscribe documents related to the Nanjing massacre in its Memory of the World register.
The UN's cultural body conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution.
UNESCO condemned the destruction by Islamic State group jihadists of antiquities in the Syrian city of Palmyra.
The head of the UN cultural organisation called for a campaign against the "culture cleansing" being carried out by Islamic State jihadists.
UN culture chief Irina Bokova urged the Security Council to task peacekeepers with protecting cultural sites and to help prosecute those who destroy historical treasures.
The head of the United Nations' cultural agency demanded an emergency meeting of the world body's Security Council.
The mayor's office of Shymkent has submitted an application to UNESCO to obtain international recognition of the 2200-years' history of their city.
UNESCO has asked Egypt for a detailed report on restoration work carried out at the Djoser pyramid following reports the monument has been damaged.
Yurt, a portable dwelling of Central Asian nomads, may be recognized as a cultural heritage of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan by the end of 2014.
One of China's renowned ancient towns was under water Wednesday as heavy rain hit the centre of the country, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from the area.
UNESCO added seven settlements of the Great Silk Road located at the territory of Kazakhstan onto its World Heritage List.
Kazakh representative to the UNESCO Executive Council Asel Utegenova said that Kazakhstan would ensure necessary protection of monuments included into the World Heritage.
Kazakhstan is ranked 80th in the Good Country Index.
Australia called a decision by UNESCO to defer listing the Great Barrier Reef as in danger "a win for logic", but environmentalists said it was a final warning.
Kazakhstani natural parks Katon-Karagai and Akzhaik have been designated as Biosphere Reserves.
On a small rock wall a short drive from the Philippine capital, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved.
Schoenbrunn Palace was Marie-Antoinette's summer childhood home and the beautiful and tragic Sissi's favoured residence. Mozart performed there as a child and Napoleon was so smitten he moved in -- twice.
More than 8,000 people were evacuated Sunday as an army of firefighters battled a killer blaze that tore through parts of Chile's historic port of Valparaiso and left at least 12 people dead.
A young man died and a dozen more were injured Friday in fresh clashes between Arabs and Berbers near the southern Algerian town of Ghardaia, local sources said.
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